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Purbeck Pirate Festival

30th June-2nd July 2017

Venue: Various venues

Address: Swanage, BH19 1LB

Website: www.visit-dorset.com

A festival featuring stalls, pirates, entertainment, music and more. Go onboard The Frigate Shtandart and experience how it feels to stand on the deck of a 1703 frigate.

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Tractor Ted Day

9th-9th July 2017

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Horton Road, Ashley Heath, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Meet Tractor Ted and his friends with lots of fun games and activities. Have fun on the Tractor Ted bouncy castle, try driving a mini digger, take a tractor driving test, go welly-wanging and meet some...

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Evening Glow Worm Hunt

13th-13th July 2017

Time: From 9pm

Venue: Markstone Cottages

Address: Child Okeford, DT11 8HD

View one of the best displays of glow worms in the South West and discover the wonders of these incredible beetles. Cost: adult £7; child (aged 5-16 years) £3. Booking essential – call 0344 249 1895.

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Natural Seaton Festival

15th-15th July 2017

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Thury Harcourt Place/Tesco Plaza

Address: Seaton, EX12 2TB

Celebrate the natural wealth of the Seaton area. Enjoy a festival atmosphere with many wildlife and conservation organisations, activities and workshops for all ages. This is a free event. For details...

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Piddelhinton Village Fete

15th-15th July 2017

Time: From 2pm

Venue: West Lodge

Address: Piddlehinton, Dorchester, DT2 7TD

Website: www.piddlevalley.info

A traditional English fete with cream teas, a duck race, skittle alley, a cake decorating competition, pony rides, children’s races, a dog show, white elephant and more. Plus, stalls and a range of refreshments.

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Hay Making Weekend

21st-23rd July 2017

Venue: The Kingcombe Centre

Address: Lower Kingcombe, Dorchester, DT2 0EQ

Website: www.kingcombe.org

A celebration of traditional haymaking by hand - scything and gathering the crop. Promises to be great family fun plus a barn dance and plenty of tasty produce will be on offer.

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Beautiful Walk

22nd-22nd July 2017

Venue: Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre

Address: Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Wander over the meadows and identify butterflies, so you can record which visit your local patch. Booking essential. Cost: £3 adults, £2 children, must be accompanied. Call 01305 816546.

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Summer Holiday at the Tank Museum

22nd July-3rd September 2017

Venue: The Tank Museum

Address: Bovington, BH20 6JG

Website: www.tankmuseum.org

Enjoy six weeks of explosive action. With Tank in Action displays every weekday, free family trails, daily vehicle rides, lots of family activities and tonnes of fun!

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To the Beach and Beyond

22nd July-3rd September 2017

Time: 10.30am to 4pm

Venue: Studland Beach

Address: Swanage, BH19

Take on the Studland summer of sport challenge and enjoy the free family fun activities taking place every day of the school holiday on the beach.

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‘Bizzy the Blenny' Seashore Discovery

23rd-23rd July 2017

Time: From 11.30am to 1pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland Road, Portland, DT4 9XE

Go out onto the shore to discover the hidden world of the Fleet Lagoon, finding the different characters from the book, like Nina the Shore Crab, Emmie the Snakelock Anemone and Polly the Prawn. Cost:...

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Pond Dipping and Archery Lessons

23rd-23rd July 2017

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Horton Road, Ashley Heath, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

The wildlife ponds are teeming with nature so grab a net and see how many different creatures you can find. Plus, children aged 8 years+ can have a go at archery at one of the special sessions.

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Pop in the Park at Crealy

23rd-23rd July 2017

Time: From 10am to 5pm

Venue: Crealy Adventure Park and Resort

Address: Sidmouth Road, Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

A poptastic Sunday with live music spots from exciting tribute acts Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran and Little Mix. Presented by Radio Exe's JJ. Call 01395 233200.

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Mervyn Cole’s Family Fun Show

24th July-31st August 2017

Venue: Wimborne Model Town

Address: Wimborne Minster, BH21 1DY

Website: www.wimborne-modeltown.com

Also 28 July, 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 and 31 August. A fun family show featuring jokes, magic tricks, puppets, balloons and giggles for all visitors.

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The High Dive Show at Crealy

24th July-2nd September 2017

Time: From 10am to 5pm

Venue: Crealy Adventure Park and Resort

Address: Sidmouth Road, Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

Crealy’s all-new High Dive Show, an event direct from the USA, that is set to wow the crowds on Mondays to Saturdays during the school holiday. Takes place three times daily. Call 01395

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Fleet Lagoon Seashore Safari

25th-25th July 2017

Time: 1.30pm to 3pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT4 9XE

Hunt for marine wildlife which calls our shores their home, and look for tell-tale tracks and signs of hidden species. At low tide explore the amazing underwater world of the Fleet Lagoon. Call 01305 206191.

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New Forest Show

25th-27th July 2017

Venue: The Showground

Address: Brockenhurst, SO42 7QH

Website: www.newforestshow.co.uk

Includes a humorous sheep show, a family fun area complete with circus workshops, face painting and children’s craft activities, a discovery zone, a tractor tug of war and much more.

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Orienteering Fun Day

25th-25th July 2017

Time: 11am to 3pm

Venue: By The Way Recreation Field

Address: Leigh Road, Wimborne, BH21 2BY

With the guidance of an instructor learn how to read a map and explore the area to find the control points. This fun filled day is suitable for all abilities and ages. It is free to take part. Call 01425...

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End of Term Phaser Night

26th-26th July 2017

Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Venue: Lemur Landings

Address: Tower Park, Poole, BH12 4NY

Website: www.lemurlandings.co.uk

Join the crew for a fantastic evening of phaser tag. Climb aboard the giant space station themed playframe for 6 exciting phaser missions and some Digiwall fun. For children aged 6 years+!

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Pond Predators

26th-26th July 2017

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Centre

Address: Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Find out about the animals’ amazing adaptations to the underwater world of the ponds at Lorton Meadows. Plus, make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork and play games. Booking essential. Call 01305 816546.

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Wildlife Wednesday

26th-26th July 2017

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Horton Road, Ashley Heath, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Explore a different habitat to find and learn about different animals including newts, frogs, grasshoppers, butterflies, worms and woodlice.

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Bridport Children’s Festival

27th-27th July 2017

Venue: Millennium Green

Address: Bridport, DT6 3JP

A one day event for 2 to 7 year olds. Workshops include children’s yoga, Dorset Forest School, dance and movement, printmaking, music making, puppet making workshops, percussion groups, story-telling...

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Camp Bestival

27th-30th July 2017

Venue: Lulworth Castle

Address: East Lulworth, BH20 5QS

Website: www.campbestival.net

Kids are king at Camp Bestival where there will be a mass of activities for children. Includes Mr Tumble, Dick and Dom, Big Fish Little Fish, Mister Maker and School of Rock – The Musical. Plus,...

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Forest Fun

27th-27th July 2017

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Horton Road, Ashley Heath, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Head out into the forest and join the Rangers for some outdoor fun. Build a den using ponchos, make a headdress, create a forest friend, and weave a willow wand to take home.

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Giants and Little People Too

27th-27th July 2017

Time: 2.30pm

Venue: Wimborne Model Town

Address: Wimborne Minster, BH21 1DY

Website: www.wimborne-modeltown.com

A special storytelling adventure in the Sensory Garden featuring stories about giants and little people too. There is no additional charge for this performance.

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Outdoor Theatre: Wind in the Willows

27th-27th July 2017

Time: From 7pm

Venue: Kingston Lacy

Address: Wimborne Minster, BH21 4EA

A classic tale of adventure, friendship and picnics brought to life in a unique and energetic way. Follow the story of Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad as they help retake control of Toad Hall from the otters...

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Rockpool Rambles and My Wild Summer

27th July-3rd September 2017

Venue: Seaton Jurassic

Address: The Underfleet, Seaton EX12 2WD

Website: www.seatonjurassic.org

Go on a guided rockpool adventure to explore what lives beneath the waves. Visit website for individual dates and times - booking required. Plus, enjoy a host of extra special activities to make this summer...

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Summer Breeze on the Quay

27th July-31st August 2017

Venue: Poole Quay

Address: Poole, BH15 1HJ

Website: www.pooletourism.com

Every Thursday until 31 August. Enjoy live music, varied street entertainment, activities for all the family and special themed nights, and a spectacular fireworks finale at 10 pm.

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Chesil Beach Seashore Scavengers

28th-28th July 2017

Time: 11am to 12.30pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT4 9XE

Walk along the Chesil Beach, looking for signs of creatures washed in from the deep. Hunt for rare pink sea fans, shark eggcases or other treasures sometimes blown in from the Atlantic Ocean. Adults: £3;...

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Creatures of the Night

28th-28th July 2017

Time: From 8pm to 10pm

Venue: RSPB Lodmoor

Address: Weymouth, DT4 7TZ

Go on an evening stroll around the RSPB Lodmoor nature reserve to look for bats, badgers, fox cubs and other nocturnal animals. Booking is essential – call 01305 778313.

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Poole Harbour Festival

28th-30th July 2017

Venue: Baiter Harbourside Park

Address: Poole Harbour, BH15 1UX

Website: www.pooletourism.com

Back for a second year, this huge family friendly event will host 30 live acts across three stages, world cuisine and crafts stands.

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Lucky Ladybirds at Lorton

29th-29th July 2017

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Centre

Address: Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/Lorton

Make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork, and play games. Booking essential. Cost: Children £3. Contact 01305 816546.

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Milton Abbas Street Fair

29th-29th July 2017

Time: 11am to 5pm

Venue: Various venues

Address: Milton Abbas, DT11 0BP

Website: www.miltonabbasstreetfair.co.uk

An 18th Century Street Fair featuring a huge array of stalls, craft demonstrations, children’s entertainment, a mini fun-fair, donkey rides, rural crafts, refreshments, live music and much more.

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Swanage Carnival and Regatta

29th July-5th August 2017

Venue: Various Locations

Address: Swanage, BH19

Website: www.swanagecarnival.com

Featuring more than 100 thrilling events, including the famous carnival procession, wacky races, amazing firework displays and Carnival's got Talent. Plus, the world famous Red Arrows will be taking to...

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Terrace Tales: Pirate Polly and Mermaid Molly

29th-29th July 2017

Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion Terrace

Address: Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU

Website: www.bic.co.uk

Exciting seasonal storytelling event for under 6’s to attend with their families. Join Pirate Polly on a journey through the secrets of the sea and learn how to be a mermaid or merman with Molly. A free...

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Pop in the Park at Crealy

30th-30th July 2017

Time: From 10am to 5pm

Venue: Crealy Adventure Park and Resort

Address: Sidmouth Road, Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

A poptastic Sunday with live music spots from exciting tribute acts Robbie Williams, Jessie J and Justin Bieber. For details call 01395 233200.

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RNLI College Summer Fete

30th-30th July 2017

Time: 11am to 5pm

Venue: RNLI College

Address: West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ

Website: www.rnli.org/college

A free, family-friendly fun event. Featuring lifeboat demonstrations on the water, a circus school, face painting, live music, street food, Birds of Prey and much more. Free parking available on site.

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Bottle Rockets

31st-31st July 2017

Time: 2.30pm to 5.30pm

Venue: Durlston Castle

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Take an empty pop bottle and have a go at building and launching a rocket. Booking essential. Cost: £3. Please mention Primary Times when ringing. Call 01929 424443.

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Marine Giants Talk and Eggcase Hunt

31st-31st July 2017

Time: From 11am to 12.30pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland Road, Portland, DT4 9XE

Be amazed by the giants that can be found around the coastline. Go on a hunt for shark and ray eggcases along Chesil Beach. Cost: Adults £3; Children £2. Contact 01305 206191.

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Tudor Adventure

1st-28th August 2017

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: Wareham, BH20 5EZ

Take a step back in time and seek out voyages of discovery, musical revolution, espionage and intrigue. Discover more about the plot to install Mary Queen of Scots on the throne, playwrights and war. Call...

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Peppa Pig visits Adventure Wonderland

2nd-2nd August 2017

Venue: Adventure Wonderland

Address: Christchurch, BH23 6BA

Website: www.adventurewonderland.co.uk

Peppa Pig is returning to Adventure Wonderland to meet and greet her many fans at 10:15, 11:15, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:45. So make sure to take a camera and remember to mind out for the muddy puddles along the

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Story-telling with Treehouse Theatre

2nd-2nd August 2017

Time: 2.30pm

Venue: Wimborne Model Town

Address: Wimborne Minster, BH21 1DY

Website: www.wimborne-modeltown.com

A special storytelling adventure in the Sensory Garden with costume, music, dance and a whole lot of fun for everyone. There is no additional charge for this performance.

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Story-telling with Treehouse Theatre

2nd-2nd August 2017

Time: At 12pm and 2.30pm

Venue: Wimborne Model Town

Address: Wimborne Minster, BH21 1DY

Website: www.wimborne-modeltown.com

Bubbles and Curly are 2 mischievous faeries who present a storytelling adventure set in the lost world of Lilliput. Step beyond your imagination, share in playful magic, music, joyful bub

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Hands On History

3rd-24th August 2017

Time: 1- 4pm

Venue: Poole Museum

Address: 4 High Street, Poole, BH15 1BW

Website: www.poolemuseum.co.uk

Also 10, 17 and 24 August. Visitors will have the chance to get up close to objects and learn about the archaeology, natural history and social history of Poole.

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Tree-mendous Trees at Lorton

3rd-3rd August 2017

Time: From 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Centre

Address: Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/Lorton

Make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork, and play games. Booking essential. Cost: Children £3. Contact 01305 816546.

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Family Sleepover Event

4th-6th August 2017

Venue: Monkey World

Address: Wareham, BH20 6HH

Website: www.monkeyworld.org

A two-night family sleepover event. This action-packed weekend will include access to Monkey World, children’s entertainment, a movie night, a traditional campfire, dinner and high tea! Booking essential....

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Outdoor Theatre: The Emperor’s New Clothes

4th-4th August 2017

Time: 7pm to 9.30pm

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: Wareham, BH20 5EZ

Follow the story of the Emperor who goes on a monthly Grand Parade at which he wears his newest outfit. All, as they say, will be revealed…Call 01929 481924.

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The Dorset Arts and Crafts Summer Exhibition 2017

4th-8th August 2017

Venue: Purbeck School

Address: Worgret Road, Wareham, BH20 4PF

Website: www.dorsetartsandcrafts.org

Have a go at craft, with taster sessions for adults and children.

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Great Dorset Chilli Festival

5th-6th August 2017

Venue: St Giles Park

Address: Wimborne St Giles, BH21 5ND

Website: www.greatdorsetchillifestival.co.uk

Includes chilli eating competitions and cooking demonstrations. For the children, there will be bouncy castles, face painting, falconry, Alfredo the Magician and a family shelter tent.

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Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Week

5th-13th August 2017

Venue: Various locations

Address: Lyme Regis, DT7 3BS

Website: www.lymeregiscarnival.co.uk

An action-packed week featuring a carnival procession, a firework display, regatta races, children’s activities and much more. The Red Arrow display will be at 6.15pm on Thursday 10 August.

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Olly in the Park

5th-5th August 2017

Venue: King’s Park

Address: Bournemouth, BH7 7AF

Website: www.ollyinthepark.co.uk

See Olly Murs and Louisa Johnson live on stage at this great venue. Book tickets at www.ollyinthepark.co.uk

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Peculiar Plankton of the Fleet

5th-5th August 2017

Time: 1pm to 2.30pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT4 9XE

Some of the smallest creatures in the sea are some of the strangest. Hunt for these peculiar beasts and use microscopes to view these fascinating creatures and turn them into giants on big TV screens....

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Poole Town and Country Show

5th August-6th July 2017

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: Upton House and Country Park

Address: Upton, Poole, BH17 7BJ

Website: www.pooletourism.com

A traditional, family Country Fair featuring a Galloping Acrobatics Horse Display Team, birds of prey flying displays, The Purbeck Ferrets, children’s entertainment, a goat show, children’s petting...

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SharkStuff: Live!

5th-5th August 2017

Time: From 11am to 3pm

Venue: Fine Foundation Marine Centre

Address: Kimmeridge Bay, BH20 5PE

Join the experts to learn all about sharks in Dorset and beyond. Watch a presentation about sharks, then go on a beach clean. Plus, there will be face-painting and experts on hand to answer any questions....

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Terrace Tales: Aquatic Adventures with Scuba Stan

5th-5th August 2017

Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion Terrace

Address: Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU

Website: www.bic.co.uk

Go along for an interactive adventure aboard a shipwreck and help Scuba Stan hunt for gold. Exciting seasonal storytelling event for under 6’s to attend with their families. A free event

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The Big Wild Sleepout

5th-6th August 2017

Time: 5pm to 10am

Venue: Arne Nature Reserve

Address: Wareham, BH20 5BJ

Website: www.rspb.org.uk/arne

Part of the RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout. Camp out in the wild. Go out on a guided night walk to track down bats, owls, nightjar and glow worms, and enjoy food cooked over the fire. From 5pm - 10am. Booking...

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Poole Carnival

6th-6th August 2017

Venue: Town Centre

Address: Poole, BH14 0AD

Website: www.poolecarnival.info

See the special colourful procession proceed from Seaview, Ashley Road in Parkstone to Branksome Recreation Ground where there will be food, drink, a flower show and much more.

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Pop in the Park at Crealy

6th-6th August 2017

Time: From 10am to 5pm

Venue: Crealy Adventure Park and Resort

Address: Sidmouth Road, Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

A poptastic Sunday with live music spots from exciting tribute acts Bruno Mars, Adele and Take That. Call 01395 233200.

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Bug Hunt at Arne

7th-28th August 2017

Time: 10am - 12.30pm

Venue: Arne Nature Reserve

Address: Near Wareham, BH20 5BJ

Also 14, 21 and 28 August. Track down spiders, reptiles, beetles, dragonflies, butterflies – in fact, anything that moves - and some stuff that doesn’t - on dry land and in the ponds at the reserve....

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Seashore Superheroes

7th-7th August 2017

Time: 11am to 12.30pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT4 9XE

Become a seashore superhero and learn how to protect local wildlife by completing a series of challenges to become a masked hero. Contact 01305 206191.

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Butterfly Walk

8th-8th August 2017

Time: 1pm-3pm

Venue: RSPB Radipole Nature Reserve

Address: Weymouth, DT4 7TZ

Go on a special walk to find out which of the fluttering friends live at Radipole. Booking essential – call 01305 778313.

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Buzzy Bees at Lorton

8th-8th August 2017

Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Centre

Address: Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork and play some fun games. Booking essential. Cost: Children £3. Contact 01305 816546.

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Guided Rockpool Ramble

9th-9th August 2017

Time: 2.30pm to 4pm

Venue: Fine Foundation Marine Centre

Address: Kimmeridge Bay, BH20 5PE

Celebrate Marine Week and discover wildlife on the seashore in Kimmeridge Bay. Discover some fascinating seashore wildlife and learn about their bizarre lives. Cost £3 per adult, £2 per child. This event...

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Wildlife at Upton Country Park

10th-10th August 2017

Time: 10am – 12pm

Venue: Upton Country Park

Address: Wareham, BH17 7BJ

Go on an exciting walk to explore the wildlife that can be found in and around Upton Country Park. Cost: £2 per person. Call 01929 553360.

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Eco-Crabbing

11th-11th August 2017

Time: 2.30pm to 4pm

Venue: Fine Foundation Marine Centre

Address: Kimmeridge Bay, BH20 5PE

Find out how to catch seashore crabs without harming them or the other marine life that lives with them. Discover the different types of crab as well as lots of fun crabby facts. This event is weather...

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Outdoor Theatre: Wind in the Willows

11th-11th August 2017

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: Wareham, BH20 5EZ

Join Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad for a perfect summer adventure. What starts as a search for the best picnic spot rapidly turns into the most hilarious of escapades. Booking essential - Call 01929 481924.

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Stargazing

12th-12th August 2017

Time: From 9pm

Venue: Durlston Castle

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Join Wessex Astronomical Society to view Perseid meteors, Jupiter, Saturn, Milky Way and summer constellations. Cost: £3. Weather dependent, phone 01929 424443 on the day to confirm.

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Summer Youth Theatre School

12th-19th August 2017

Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion Ballroom

Address: Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU

Website: www.bic.co.uk

An 8-day Summer School giving children an energetic, fun-filled time, learning songs and routines from a variety of well-known West End and Broadway musicals and then an opportunity to perform in a show.

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Terrace Tales: Sea Stories with Mermaid Molly

12th-12th August 2017

Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion Terrace

Address: Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU

Website: www.bic.co.uk

Molly tells the tale of Spike the Puffa Fish. Spike keeps frightening the others away but he can’t help it! Join Spike and friends in a tale about friendship, fun and celebrating differences

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Pop in the Park at Crealy

13th-13th August 2017

Time: From 10am to 5pm

Venue: Crealy Adventure Park and Resort

Address: Sidmouth Road, Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

A poptastic Sunday with live music spots from exciting tribute acts Kylie, Black Eyed Peas and Rihanna. Call 01395 233200.

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Wild About Chesil

13th-13th August 2017

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT4 9XE

Find out about fascinating wildlife, go on a shark and ray eggcase hunt or butterfly survey. There will be music, dancing, a barbecue and an action packed programme of wildlife activities for the family....

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Fossil Hunting Walk

14th-14th August 2017

Time: 2.30m to 4.30pm

Venue: Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

Address: Lower Sea Lane, Bridport, DT6 6LL

A two-hour session including a talk about rocks and fossils. Then head to the beach with the wardens and spend the rest of the session looking for fossils. Call 01297 560772.

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Weymouth Carnival

15th-16th August 2017

Venue: Weymouth Seafront

Address: DT4

Website: www.weymouthcarnival.co.uk

A two-day event held on Weymouth’s seafront – includes a lively carnival procession and much more.

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Wildlife Forensics

15th-15th August 2017

Time: 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Venue: Durlston Castle

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Look for animal tracks, trails and signs and discover what did what, who lived where, who's been here and who's eaten what! Cost: £3. Booking essential. Call 01929 424443.

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Wonderland

15th-19th August 2017

Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Address: Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU

Website: www.bic.co.uk

An enchanting musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. It is a touching story of love and an adventurous exploration of who we want to be...

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A Story-telling Adventure

16th-16th August 2017

Time: 2.30pm

Venue: Wimborne Model Town

Address: Wimborne Minster, BH21 1DY

Website: www.wimborne-modeltown.com

Take a pew and settle down by the magical Storytelling Chair as Lizzie Bryant leads everyone off into a magical world. There is no additional charge for this performance

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Arty Ocean Activities

16th-16th August 2017

Time: 11am to 4pm

Venue: Fine Foundation Marine Centre

Address: Kimmeridge Bay, BH20 5PE

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org

Ocean-themed have-a-go arts and crafts for children. Make marine-themed masks, rockpool creatures or mobiles using beachcombed bits from the seashore and much more besides. This is an indoor event.

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Grasshoppers and Crickets

16th-16th August 2017

Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Centre

Address: Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Take a closer look at grasshoppers and crickets, plus, afterwards make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork and play games. Booking essential. Call 01305 816546.

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Coastal Orienteering Fun Day

17th-17th August 2017

Time: 11am to 3pm

Venue: Steamer Point

Address: Penny Way, Christchurch, BH23 4TA

Try the fantastic sport of orienteering – it’s a perfect activity for families. Practice navigation and problem solving skills whilst exercising together. This fun filled day is suitable for all ages...

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Fun in the Stream

17th-17th August 2017

Time: 10am to 12 noon

Venue: Seaton Wetlands

Address: Colyford Road, Seaton, EX12 2SP

Enjoy a morning of splashing about in the stream. Go stream dipping, build a mini-raft and construct a dam. Wear shoes and clothing suitable for getting wet, wellies recommended. Booking required. Cost:...

Outdoor events

Paw Patrol Chase and Skye visit Adventure Wonderland

17th-17th August 2017

Venue: Adventure Wonderland

Address: Christchurch, BH23 6BA

Website: www.adventurewonderland.co.uk

The heroic pups, police pup Chase and fearless Skye, who believe “no job is too big, no pup is too small,” will be visiting their fans at intervals throughout the day. See them at 10:15, 1

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Bournemouth Friday Fireworks

18th-18th August 2017

Time: From 10pm

Venue: Bournemouth Pier

Address: Pier Approach, Bournemouth, BH2 5AA

Website: www.bournmeouth.co.uk

Also 25 August. Be dazzled by a fantastic firework display in the skies above Bournemouth.

Theatre & Cinema

Outdoor Theatre: The Lost World

18th-18th August 2017

Time: 7pm to 9.30pm

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: Wareham, BH20 5EZ

Follow the story about the intrepid explorers as they travel to an unexplored plateau and find flora and fauna beyond their wildest dreams. Booking essential - Call 01929 481924.

Outdoor events

Bridport Carnival

19th-20th August 2017

Venue: Bridport

Address: DT6 3RG

Website: www.westbay.co.uk

A fun packed carnival including a grand procession and fun fair. Also, there will be a traditional Sunday evening torchlight parade from Bridport to West Bay.

Outdoor events

Christchurch Carnival

19th-20th August 2017

Venue: The Quay

Address: Christchurch, BH23 1BY

Website: www.christchurchcarnival.co.uk

A two-day carnival extravaganza. Includes a carnival parade through Christchurch’s streets, and a series of display and fun activities on the Quay. Plus, music events, a funfair and a free firework display...

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Fleet Lagoon Seaweed Explorer

19th-19th August 2017

Time: 11am to 12:30pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT4 9XE

Did you know that you put seaweed in your mouth every day? Learn fascinating facts, how to identify seaweeds and have fun pressing them. Cost: Children £2. Call 01305 206191.

Outdoor events

Terrace Tales: Smuggling Tales with Pirate Polly

19th-19th August 2017

Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion Terrace

Address: Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU

Website: www.bic.co.uk

Pirate Polly has a tiny ship in a bottle but how did it get there and what is the story behind it? Exciting seasonal storytelling event for under 6’s to attend with their families. A free

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Buckham Fair

20th-20th August 2017

Venue: Beaminster

Address: DT8 3SH

Website: www.buckhamfair.co.uk

A great, old-fashioned vintage fair raising money for local charities. Featuring a fun fair, a heavy horse show, a dog show, a craft tent, an artisan village and much more. Admission - £7 and children...

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Pop in the Park at Crealy

20th-20th August 2017

Time: From 10am to 5pm

Venue: Crealy Adventure Park and Resort

Address: Sidmouth Road, Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

A poptastic Sunday with live music spots from exciting tribute acts Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran and Little Mix. Call 01395 233200.

Outdoor events

Fossil Hunting Walk

21st-21st August 2017

Time: From 10am

Venue: Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

Address: Lower Sea Lane, Bridport, DT6 6LL

A two-hour session including a talk about rocks and fossils. Then head to the beach with the wardens and spend the rest of the session looking for fossils. Call 01297 560772.

Outdoor events

Rockpool Ramble

22nd-22nd August 2017

Time: 12pm to 1.30pm

Venue: Broad Ledge

Address: Lyme Regis, DT7

Explore the fascinating creatures of the seashore and find out how they live, what they love and what they eat for lunch. This event is suitable for any age and lasts for 1½ hours. Booking essential -...

Outdoor events

Guided Rockpool Ramble

23rd-23rd August 2017

Time: 2.30pm to 4pm

Venue: Fine Foundation Marine Centre

Address: Kimmeridge Bay, BH20 5PE

Wander along the beach to discover what fascinating seashore wildlife you can find. Cost: £3 per adult, £2 per child. This event is weather dependent – call 01929 481044.

Outdoor events

Melplash Show

24th-24th August 2017

Venue: West Bay Road

Address: Bridport, DT6 4EG

Website: www.melplashshow.co.uk

One of the largest one day agricultural shows in the area. With livestock displays, the Stampede Stunt Company display, show jumping, cookery demonstrations, over 300 trade stands, a fun fair and much...

Outdoor events

Mini Beast Safari

24th-24th August 2017

Time: 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Venue: Durlston Learning Centre

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Go on safari in the meadows and hunt for one of Britain's biggest insects. Cost: £3. Booking essential. Please mention Primary Times when ringing. Call 01929 424443.

Outdoor events

Bizzy the Blenny' Seashore Discovery

25th-25th August 2017

Time: 2pm to 4.30pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT4 9XE

Discover the hidden world of the Fleet Lagoon, finding the different characters from the book, like Nina the Shore Crab and Polly the Prawn. Booking required. Call 01305 206191.

Outdoor events

Melon Madness

26th-28th August 2017

Venue: Monkey World

Address: Wareham, BH20 6HH

Website: www.monkeyworld.org

On Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the summer bank holiday weekend, every child that enters the park with a melon for the primates will receive a free Monkey World badge. Call 01929 462487.

Outdoor events

Oak Fayre

26th-27th August 2017

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: Stock Gaylard

Address: Sturminster Newton, DT10 2BG

Website: www.stockgaylard.com

Featuring over 200 exhibitors, the Heavy Horse Logger team, a birds of prey display, have-a-go archery, axe throwing, scarecrow making, tree climbing and zip wires for children and there’s a special...

Outdoor events

River Cottage Festival

26th-27th August 2017

Time: From 10am to 10pm

Venue: River Cottage

Address: Park Farm, Axminster, EX13 8TB

Website: www.rivercottage.net

Includes a jam-packed programme of music, masterclasses and festival fun! Featuring masterclasses, foraging, dancing, music and of course food! Choose to go for the day or the whole weekend. Under 16s...

Outdoor events

Pop in the Park at Crealy

27th-27th August 2017

Time: From 10am to 5pm

Venue: Crealy Adventure Park and Resort

Address: Sidmouth Road, Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

A poptastic Sunday with live music spots from exciting tribute acts Olly Murs, Madonna and Take That. Call 01395 233200.

Outdoor events

Chesil Seashore Scavengers

28th-28th August 2017

Time: 11am to 12.30pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland Road, Portland, DT4 9XE

Hunt for rare pink sea fans, shark eggcases and other treasures blown in from the Atlantic. Call 01305 206191.

Theatre & Cinema

Dinosaur World

28th-29th August 2017

Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Address: Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU

Website: www.bic.co.uk

Experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World in this interactive new for show all the family. Join the intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing...

Outdoor events

Fireman Sam visits Adventure Wonderland

29th-29th August 2017

Venue: Adventure Wonderland

Address: Christchurch, BH23 6BA

Website: www.adventurewonderland.co.uk

Fireman Sam is travelling from his home town, Pontypandy, to meet and greet his many fans at 10:15, 11:15, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:45. So make sure to take a camera!

Outdoor events

Stargazing

29th-29th August 2017

Time: 9.30pm to 11pm

Venue: Trinity Hill Road

Address: Axminster, EX13 5SS

Website: www.wildeastdevon.co.uk

Discover the wonders of the night sky at Trinity Hill Local Nature Reserve and enjoy hot chocolate and popcorn around the campfire. Booking required. Cost: £4 per person.

Outdoor events

Spectacular Spiders

30th-30th August 2017

Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Centre

Address: Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork using the spider theme, then play some fun games. Booking essential. Call 01305 816546.

Outdoor events

Bournemouth Air Festival

31st August-3rd September 2017

Venue: Bournemouth

Address: Bournemouth, BH1

Website: www.bournemouthair.co.uk

Four days of spectacular aerial displays in the skies above Bournemouth. From jets to battleships. The Red Arrows have been confirmed for three days. Plus, the Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team and...

Outdoor events

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

31st-31st August 2017

Time: 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Venue: Durlston Learning Centre

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Make a kite at the centre then test it outside afterwards. Cost: £5. Booking essential. Please mention Primary Times when ringing. Call 01929 424443.

Outdoor events

Pond Predators

1st-1st September 2017

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Centre

Address: Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Discover who eats who and their amazing adaptations to the underwater world of the ponds at Lorton Meadows. Booking essential. Call 01305 816546.

Outdoor events

Dorset County Show

2nd-3rd September 2017

Venue: Dorchester Showground

Address: Dorchester, DT1 1NF

Website: www.dorsetcountyshow.co.uk

Showcasing Dorset’s rural life. Featuring a Heavy Horse Village, farming displays, main ring entertainment and much more.

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